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Dining By Rail: The History and Recipes of America's Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine

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Dining by Rail is James D. Porterfield's book of history and recipes from America's golden age of railroad cuisine. Porterfield is a devotee of railroad history and a gourmet cook, and while preparing this book he sorted through 7,500 railroad recipes. Full of authentic menus and classic recipes like Lobster Newburg, deviled eggs and blanc mange, Dining by Rail is the book ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1993)
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Michael K.
Folks of my generation, those born during World War II, are just about the last to have any memories of railroad passenger travel before AmTrak took over the lines and traveling any distance by train became like traveling by Greyhound bus -- only less comfortable. My grandfather was a lifelong railroad man, the third generation of them on both sides in that family. Though he began as a mechanic, he eventually became a manager for the Pennsylvania, and that meant he possessed a railroad pass good ...more
For railroad enthusiasts with an urge to try cooking this is the book. Divided into three sections (the smallest being the appendices of about 17 pages combined) this provides both a history of the dining car and recipes that were served thereon. After a short preface comes Section One which is the history of the development of dining on trains and the dining car through it's general demise as passenger rail service needed to compete with the automobile and airplane. Section Two contains the rec ...more
Read the summary of this and be amazed at some more "fascinating" history. Who ever thought of how and when meals started being served on railroads?
Gee, we don't normally think about how the early settlers, travelers survived without the Golden Arches, do we ?
Excellent info on the logistics and personnel needed to put together what became gourmet rail car dining. At one point, people took a train trip just to eat a grand meal.
Recipes were definitely from another era - not sure I'll be trying a
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